Insiders say show's vision didn't fit with network
As HBO continues to iron out its programming structure sans former entertainment topper Carolyn Strauss, the net also will make do without one of its major upcoming series commitments.
Cabler recently put the brakes on the Lily Tomlin starrer “12 Miles of Bad Road,” which exec producers Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason have been shopping elsewhere.
The Thomasons haven’t found any takers yet, as several networks (including TNT) have passed; others, such as Lifetime, are still in the running — but so far none have committed.
HBO ordered 10 episodes of “12 Miles,” but only six were written before the writers strike and the production shut down after those segs were shot. (Daily Variety, Feb. 18). HBO insiders said they ultimately felt the show’s creative vision wasn’t right for the channel.
Hourlong comedy revolves around a Dallas real estate agent and her family. Mary Kay Place and Gary Cole also star.
Decision to steer the costly “12 Miles” elsewhere may have been the catalyst for the programming topper change at HBO. Strauss is now negotiating a new role with the cabler, but details of her new production pact haven’t been ironed out.
HBO is also said to be in the very early stages of hunting for a new entertainment president; an official announcement does not appear imminent.
Pay cabler’s upcoming series commitments include 13 episodes of the recently announced Anthony Minghella-helmed crime thriller “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” as well as the Alan Ball vampire drama “True Blood.” Network also has 10 episodes of the animated laffer “The Life and Times of Tim” in the pipeline, as well as six episodes of “Little Britain USA,” an American adaptation of the edgy U.K. sketch show.
The new HBO entertainment topper also will inherit a development slate that includes the David Milch-Bill Clark cop pilot “Last of the Ninth,” the biker drama pilot “1%” and the comedy pilot “Driving Around With Joni.”